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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure Derry NH

Now, let's assume you have been contributing only the portion that your employer is willing to match and yet you barely have enough money to get by week to week. Does it still make sense to make non-matched contributions or Roth IRA contributions assuming you do not want to reduce your spending? Maybe. (This article does not address Roth IRA contributions vs. non-matched 401(k) contributions and hereafter only refers to non-matched 401(k) contributions).

John Dulmage
Financial Pathways
(603) 821-1450
50 Nashua Road 112 Londonderry Square
Londonderry, NH
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Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules, Tax Planning, Real Estate Investments, Socially Responsible Investments, High Net Worth Client Needs
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NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, EA

William Moeckel
WJM Financial, LLC
(603) 589-8010
2 Commerce Drive
Bedford, NH
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Ongoing Investment Management, Retirement Planning & Distribution Rules
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NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CFP®, MS

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Dorothy J. Cole
(800) 352-6530
11 Blackstone Court
Merrimack, NH
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NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®, MBA, EdM

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Advanced Portfolio Design, LLC
(603) 889-4300
266 Main Street
Nashua, NH
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NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFP®

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Demers Financial Planning LLC
(978) 494-4337
75 Merrimack Road
Methuen, MA
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Boston Retirement Advisors, LLC
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Salem, NH
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WJM Financial, LLC
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Bartley Financial Advisors
(603) 625-9900
169 South River Road, Suite 17
Bedford, NH
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SFM, LLC
(603) 625-8400
575 Front Street
Manchester, NH
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NAPFA Registered Financial Advisor, CFA, CPA

Sherrill St. Germain
New Means Financial Planning
(603) 465-3485
P.O. Box 666
Hollis, NH
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Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure

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Frugal Living

Saving For Retirement: Make the Maximum Contribution to Your Retirement Plan & Retire Secure
By James Lange 
   

Many people perhaps you feel they cannot afford to save for retirement. The truth is you may very well be able to afford to save, but you don t realize it. That's right. I am going to present a rationale to persuade you to contribute more than you think you can afford.

First, I am operating on assumption that you are following the cardinal rule of saving for retirement: If your employer offers a matching contribution to your retirement plan you are contributing whatever your employer is willing to match even if it is only a percentage of your contribution and not a dollar for dollar match.

Now, let's assume you have been contributing only the portion that your employer is willing to match and yet you barely have enough money to get by week to week. Does it still make sense to make non-matched contributions or Roth IRA contributions assuming you do not want to reduce your spending? Maybe. (This article does not address Roth IRA contributions vs. non-matched 401(k) contributions and hereafter only refers to non-matched 401(k) contributions).

If you have substantial savings and maximizing your retirement plan contributions causes your net payroll check to be insufficient to meet your expenses, you should maximize retirement plan contributions.

The shortfall for your living expenses from making increased pre-tax retirement plan contributions should be withdrawn from your savings (money that has already been taxed). Over time this process, i.e., increasing contributions to your retirement plan and funding the shortfall by making after-tax withdrawals from an after-tax account, transfers money from the after-tax environment to the pre-tax environment. Ultimately it results in more money for you and your heirs.

Another way to squeeze blood from a stone is to consider an interest only mortgage. The reduced mortgage payment (in contrast to what you would be paying on a 30-year fixed rate mortgage) is deductible as a home interest expense. The additional cash flow from the reduced payment could be used to pay credit card debt or fund one or more tax favored investments. You could open a Roth IRA, make additional retirement contributions, and/or purchase a tax-favored life insurance plan. In the long run, you could be better off, often by hundreds of thousands of dollars. Of course there are risks with this strategy.

Another opportunity to shift savings from the after-tax environment to tax advantaged retirement savings might arise if you are the beneficiary of an inheritance.

Take this Changing Your IRA and Retirement Plan Strategy after a Windfall or an Inheritance mini case study for example:

Joe always had trouble making ends meet. He did, however, know enough to always contribute to his retirement plan th...

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